Duke University has announced a $5 million commitment from the Charlotte-based Duke Endowment to enrich educational opportunities and the visitor experience at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens on the university's campus.
The grant was made as part of the $30 million Garden Gateway Project, a campaign focused on improvements to the facilities and spaces at the fifty-five-acre gardens, which receive more than four hundred thousand visitors a year. Scheduled to be completed within four years, the project will fund a revitalization of the gardens' historic front entrance, the expansion of an indoor event hall, and the creation of a performance lawn, a cafe, seating area, and gift shop.
"Duke Gardens is in a distinctive position to cultivate a multitude of benefits into one setting accessible to both the Duke campus and to the vibrant Durham community that surrounds us," said Duke Gardens executive director William M. LeFevre. "This gift from the Duke Endowment will support the gardens’ growing need to provide a better physical connection within our community and deliver a deeper educational, interactive, and programmatic experience to our visitors."
(Photo credit: Erika Zambello)